Käthe Kollwitz is undoubtedly one of Germany’s most important artists. Engaging with her art is an enriching experience and helps us to better understand the present day. It is hard to believe that she was born 150 years ago.
On 8 July 2017 we will celebrate the anniversary of her birth in both Berlin and in her birthplace, Königsberg (now Kaliningrad, Russia). The special exhibition “Käthe Kollwitz and her friends” will mark the anniversary.
We will also continue to draw connections to the present day. This autumn we show a contemporary artist in conversation with Käthe Kollwitz, the sculptor Wieland Förster.
From the end of February and beyond we will presenting suitcases filled with historical documents and objects from Käthe Kollwitz’s life, put together by students from the University of Paderborn, which can be explored and admired.
27 February to 1 May 2017
Depicting individuals in portraits is a fine art; Lorenz Kienzle also loves how this art form offers a change of perspective. Over the past year he often travelled to refugee centres in Guben and Lietzen in Brandenburg by train and by bicycle in order to have conversations with the people there. They shared the stories behind the journeys and Kienzle took their portraits using his analogue plate camera.
The young Syrian Omar Akahare was an interpreter at one of the centres and became the photographer’s constant companion. He often filmed Kienzle’s work and made a movie for the exhibition.
26 June to 15 October 2017
Friends, patrons, colleagues and students will enter the museum to celebrate Kollwitz’s 150th birthday. These include illustrious figures such Max Liebermann, Albert Einstein, Gerhart Hauptmann and Otto Nagel as well as lesser-known individuals such as the Jewish collector Julius Freund, Kollwitz’s much-admired fellow student Marianne Fiedler or the patron Hermann F. Reemtsma.
Artworks, letters and photographs depict their relationship to Kollwitz and illustrate the significance of their friendship through all phases of life and despite diverse political views. Above all, they demonstrate her joyful and unconditional commitment to others, beautiful stories and her ability to live life to the fullest.
In Dialogue with Käthe Kollwitz: Wieland Förster
12 November 2017 to 18 February 2018